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2001 Sigma Xi Annual Meeting
November 9-11, 2001
Sheraton Capital Center – Raleigh, North Carolina


Friday, November 9
1:00-2:00 p.m. Orientation for New Delegates and New Officers
2:00-2:45 p.m. John P. McGovern Science and Society Lecture
One Culture: The Commonalities And Differences Between The Arts And The Sciences

Roald Hoffmann, Cornell University
The postulate of a rift between scientists and technologists on one hand, and humanists and artists on the other, is criticized on several grounds. Using case studies from chemistry, poetry, painting and ceramics a case is made for an underlying unity of science and the arts. The common elements of these human activities are creation with craftsmanship, concisely communicated, in a crosscultural and altruistic way, with aesthetics figuring importantly in a search for understanding of the universe around and within us. But there will be differences...

2:45 - 3:00 p.m. Break
3:00-3:45 p.m. Assembly of Delegates I
3:45-4:00 p.m. Break
4:00-4:45 p.m. Constituency Group Meetings I
4:45-5:00 p.m. Break
5:00-5:45 p.m. Regional Assemblies I
6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Reception hosted by the International Committee
Saturday, November 10
8:00-8:55 a.m. Regional Assemblies II
9:00-10:15 a.m. Workshops

Chapters 101: Chapter Management
Do you know how to elect new initiates? Have you wondered what Sigma Xi does with all the data you are asked to submit? Do you know about the duties of chapter officers? Have you ever wondered how we calculate local support for your chapter? Do you have questions about the annual report? This workshop will offer chapter delegates the chance to ask any questions about the administrative aspects of operating a Sigma Xi chapter.

Environmental Justice
Sigma Xi's Committee on Diversity organized this workshop on Environmental Justice and career opportunities in the environmental sciences for minority and under-represented scientists. Dr. Fredrick Tyson of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) will speak during the workshop.

Chapter Programs in Ethics
Through a grant from the National Science Foundation, Sigma Xi has supported ethics-related activities at six chapters. Representatives from all of these chapters will discuss their programs, how they addressed needs in their institutions and how they strengthened their Sigma Xi chapters. Programs include workshops, on-line programs, distance learning broadcasts and other activities that target a range of audiences including students, faculty, high school teachers and the general public. These programs will serve as pilots for future chapter programs; each of the activities will be documented and details will be widely disseminated.

Communicating Science: Telling the Research Story in Pictures
The ancient human tradition of storytelling with pictures has helped ideas leap across boundaries of language, culture and time. How can you use pictures to tell the stories of science to unfamiliar audiences? Ms. Reid will describe examples from the history of scientific illustration and show how illustration is developed for American Scientist. Come prepared to picture your research.

Finding the Right Niche for Your Chapter
Every Sigma Xi chapter has a different identity which is defined by a variety of factors, including the interests of chapter leaders, tradition and institutional needs. In order for a chapter to be visible in the community, chapter programs should be relevant to the current climate at the chapter's institution. Representatives from Sigma Xi chapters will share success stories, and group discussion will focus on ways for chapters to identify needs and establish strong identities within their institutions.

10:15-10:30 a.m. Break/Student Research Symposium
10:30-11:15 a.m. Assembly of Delegates II
11:15-12:00 noon Young Investigator Lecture
Oxidative Stress Diagnostics/Therapeutics and Tissue Engineering: Standards for Tomorrow's Preventive Medicine

Henry Rodriguez, National Institute of Standards and Technology

12:00 noon-1:30 p.m. Lunch Break
Student Research Symposium
1:30-2:25 p.m. Constituency Group Meetings II
2:30-3:45 p.m. Workshops

Chapters 102: Programs
Developing programs for your Sigma Xi chapter can fall in the category of "things you'd like to do if you ever had time to think about it." Well, here's your chance to steal good ideas from other chapters who have already done all of the work. This session will highlight outstanding chapter programs in a variety of areas, including diversity, education and public understanding of science. Details on how to organize similar programs will be distributed via the Chapter Toolkit that each delegate receives or by separate handouts.

Sigma Xi Packard Initiative: Science and Engineering in Developing Countries
A generous grant from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation is supporting the development of Sigma Xi activities and programs to promote networking of researchers in developing countries. This session features panelists from developing countries who will discuss their systems for scientific and engineering education and research as well as the public perception of science and current strengths and challenges of doing research in their respective institutions. The session will also include a brief overview of the Packard Initiative with suggestions for ways in which members and chapters can become involved.

Exploring Career Paths in Science and Engineering
A panel of minority and women scientists at various career stages will discuss their experiences in academia, research and the work world. The discussion will specifically address the interests and concerns of all students contemplating research careers.

Expanding Your Membership Base and Nurturing Chapter Leadership
This workshop will help participants define a process and timetable for initiating new members to Sigma Xi. Participants will discuss ways to identify potential members, to re-engage inactive members and to keep existing members current. Additionally, the panel will address ways to nurture a perpetual source of chapter leadership.

Resources and Funding Opportunities for Chapters
The goal of this session is to review programmatic opportunities and financial support available to chapters in a variety of areas, including: the distinguished lectureship program, Grants-In-Aid of Research, Science, Mathematics and Engineering Education grants, teacher grants, support for education and ethics initiatives, and partnering with international chapters.

3:00 p.m. Performance of Oxygen at Fletcher Opera Theater
4:00-5:30 p.m. Student Research Symposium
Judging completed by 5:00 p.m.
5:30-7:00 p.m. Student Research Symposium Awards Presentation
7:00-9:30 p.m. Banquet and William Procter Prize Presentation
DNA is Normally a Right-Handed Double helix but Occasionally It Turns Left-Handed
Alexander Rich
, William Thompson Sedgwick Professor of Biophysics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Sunday, November 11
8:00-9:00 a.m. Regional Assemblies III
9:00-9:15 a.m. Break
9:15-10:15 a.m. Constituency Group Meetings III
10:15-10:30 a.m. Break
10:30-11:15 a.m. Assembly of Delegates III
11:30 a.m. Complimentary Airport Transportation
Buses depart at 11:30 a.m.; 11:45 a.m.; and 12:00 p.m.

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